FirstCoastFett's Beskar Build


Flight suit from Mike at Darkside Closet. Absolutely beautiful work! If you're looking for soft goods, I highly recommend them! Very friendly, decent turnaround time and accurate. This fabric will take quite a bit of breaking in...
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Next up... the piece I was most excited about painting: the right thigh!
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Painted with Montana Gold chestnut

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Wasn't thrilled with the beskar blob, so I made my own using epoxy putty. Stuff has a short window before it gets hard, so I went a few pieces at a time, blending over each piece like clay sculpting. Trying to get a close to the reference photos I could find.

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Primed. Again.

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Resprayed with the chestnut. Added the damage topically with chrome silver, neutral gray and gray/black. Weathered with light brown and gray acrylic washes.

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I didn't bother masking anything off. I airbrushed on the "charred side" with Vallejo black, carefully going around the overlapping bits of beskar on the front strip, and around the blast mark on the other thigh.

From there, I hand painted the damage with chrome silver. When it was finished, I dry brushed plain silver acrylic to break up the flat part and give it a little more depth.

Finished the beskar blob and damaged section with a graphite powder rub.

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Primed pieces, finished with flat black, specifically Duplicolor Hot Rod black primer. Still waiting on a few other pieces. But everything is coming along
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Helmet progress: cut out the visor, measured and epoxy putty the 1/4" Chicago screws
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Spray painted the inside black, masked off and did about two coats of filler primer.

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Going to let dry. My ear caps are finished, but I broke the tips off the ear bases. When they're here, I'll affix them to the helmet and using wood filler eliminate the seams. More to come!
 
Test fit. Few adjustments still needed. Chest and ab attachment being finished with elastic and velcro. Shoulders seem to be ok, they sit about an inch and half off my flight suit thanks to foam knee pads i glued in. I'll extend the belt about an inch lower. Chest can be moved down a half inch or so.

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Having issues with the chest over the cape not sitting flush. The overlapping right side was causing a gap between the armor and vest. Fixed that issue with N52 magnets. Hot glue to hold them in place, epoxy putty to secure them*

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After the epoxy cured, I put the vest on and lined up the chest. Popped on the corresponding magnets under the vest and took it off. Outlined the magnets with a sharpie and took everything apart. Hot glued the magnets in place

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Once glued in place, I added hot glue around each magnet. Took some iron on patches and sealed around the magnets. These aren't going anywhere

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So after my first test fit, the magnets were strong enough I didn't need the industrial strength velcro. So I removed the two large strips from the back of the chest armor. Fits perfect every time.
 
Had to figure out how to keep my ammo rounds from slipping out of my belt. O rings, rubber bands, hot glue weren't working. But with a little bit of engineering... problem solved.

Tightly wrapped electrical tape around the center

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Then took industrial strength velcro and super glued onto the tape

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Then took the fuzzy side velcro and super glued them into the ammo holders

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Inserted the rounds with velcro facing away, twisting the rounds so the velcro catches. Even with the little slivers of velcro in place, anyone knows it's a challenge to pull velcro apart up or down instead of peeling apart. These will stay securely in place.

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SolarFett

Hunter
LOVE all the tips you've been posting, man - especially the patch on the cape hole and the velcro solution for the ammo rounds! Gonna steal both of those!

For the weathering on the ammo, I'm gonna try Aluminum Black - I've had some great success with that while weathering my Fieldmarshal Bergman blaster.

Question: With the N52 magnets - what size did you use? Do you think this method could be used for the thigh armor?
 
LOVE all the tips you've been posting, man - especially the patch on the cape hole and the velcro solution for the ammo rounds! Gonna steal both of those!

For the weathering on the ammo, I'm gonna try Aluminum Black - I've had some great success with that while weathering my Fieldmarshal Bergman blaster.

Question: With the N52 magnets - what size did you use? Do you think this method could be used for the thigh armor?
Thanks man! I found 5/8" x 1/8" magnets on a website called Total Element. As strong as the magnets are, with walking, kneeling or bending down, I'd be nervous they'd pop off. Much more movement allowed in this costume. My armor is fiberglass, so I wouldn't think it would cause any stress taking them off. Something to consider, but you would be ok. Worst case scenario, I'd glue a 2"x2" square of industrial strength velcro to the center in case the magnets failed for whatever reason, the armor would stay on- and the magnets would reattach themselves.

As for the weathering, I've used acrylics for everything. I'll weather the ammo rounds more now that they're in place.
 
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